Category Archives: Morals
The First Vatican Council pronounced that the pope, in or out of council, would be protected by God with the gift of infallibility whenever he should define a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. Matters of Faith can only involve religious propositions and the matter of those propositions are true or false judgments. A moral definition would involve a proposition that is right or wrong, rather than true or false. The difference between the two involves the end being sought. A doctrinal pronouncement defines a religious truth, which is the object of the intellect. A moral pronouncement defines a good, which is the object of the will. One could say that Faith engages intellectual belief, morals engage voluntary action.
A moral act is a human act performed with knowledge and free will. Every consciously deliberate action is a moral act, and each one is either morally good or morally evil. If it leads us to our final end, eternal salvation, it is a morally good act. If it takes us away from salvation, it is a morally evil act, a sin. Morals, therefore, pertain to human conduct.
Articles in this section treat of a wide variety of issues that, immediately, proximately, or remotely, deal with the morality of human acts, whether individually or as a society.
AsiaNews: In the past few days, Card John Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong, and the Catholic Church have been accused of “discrimination” by LGBT groups and representatives of Western governments in the territory for defending the institution of the family based on the union of a man and a woman, and for warning the faithful against any official recognition of gay unions as equal to … More →
LifeNews: “You know, things are set up in such a way that the person in the world who has the greatest interest in protecting the baby is the mother,” claimed Carson. “We’ve allowed the purveyors of the vision to make mothers think that that baby is their enemy and that they have a right to kill it. Can you see how perverted that line of … More →
First Things: A Catholic who believes that conscience might really abrogate the Gospel has abandoned belief in the normativity of divine law, and its contribution to human flourishing. And a pastor who fails to instruct a misguided conscience seems to have forgotten that appeals to false conscience will offer no protection in the final judgment. Full article is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Taylor Marshall: One of the very unfortunate results of the New Lectionary is that verses that might be deemed offensive have been removed from our liturgical celebrations. Full report is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
“It has been our pastoral and personal experience, that members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community are people of good will, deep faith, with an abiding sense of their own Catholicity who have probed the depths of their consciences in their desire for the sacraments. We urge those gathered for the Synod to consider the personal needs, sexual experience, and covenant commitment of … More →
ChurchPop: This story reminds me of the threat the Communists made to Cardinal Kung prior to his arrest and imprisonment. They warned him that if any miracles happened at the tomb of Father Beda Chang whom they had tortured to death in prison that he, Bishop Ignatius Kung, would be held responsible. Miracles not allowed!!! A priest who witnessed to a miracle in communist Czechoslovakia … More →
“And so he got drunk” Great article by Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing: “I have been thinking lately about marriage and annulments, and our Lord’s command that we should go forth to seek the one lost sheep that has wandered in the desert, far from the ninety-nine. I believe in that command with all my heart, because I’ve been that lost sheep.” Read the full article here. … More →
CNA: After months of debate and strong opposition, California governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill enabling doctors to prescribe drugs that will end the lives of terminally ill patients. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Video-tapes released by The Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion non-profit group, caught Planned Parenthood with their hands in the cookie jar. The tapes clearly and blatantly revealed that Planned Parenthood not only performed abortions, but they also “harvested” and sold the fetal body parts to those who would use these for experimental and medical purposes. Abortion has been legalized for over four decades. While … More →
The Wanderer: There is much to be reported on the Synod Front these days, since both sides — those who defend the traditional moral teaching of the Catholic Church and those who try to change or liberalize it — are intensely working to strengthen their own positions. Full review is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Catholic Online: “Catholics in general are deeply perplexed,” said HIRH Prince Bertrand of Orleans-Braganza, one of the prominent petition signers. “As the sexual revolution continues to claim the innocence of our children and rip the family apart, we find shepherds within the sacred walls of Holy Mother Church who issue statements that contradict and undermine 2,000 years of sound Church teaching.” Supporters of the petition are … More →
When I was still in grammar school an Irish missionary priest visited our home. His name was Father Patrick Shine. He had been a missionary in Africa. He was as a traditionalist before there were “traditionalists,” a friend of and guest at Saint Benedict Center when we were in Still River, Massachusetts. He once prophesied concerning himself: “When I have said a perfect Rosary I … More →
On August 10, as reported (lifesitenews.com), a Swiss umbrella organization of homosexuals, Pink Cross, has sued Bishop Vitus Huonder for defending the Catholic Church’s traditional teaching on homosexuality. Bishop Huonder has since then made a public statement where he repeats his apology for not putting the quotes from the Old Testament in a sufficient context — namely, that he did not intend to invite violence … More →
AsiaNews: More than 400,000 people, including 105 prelates, have signed a ‘Filial Appeal’, urging Pope Francis to stand by the traditional marriage in the forthcoming Synod on the Family in October. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
The following is part of an article written by a “pro-choice” husband who received a strong scolding from his pro-life wife. Right now the author is still hesitant to “be a man.” Ruben Navarrette, Jr., The Daily Beast: As I’ve only realized lately, to be a man, and to declare yourself pro-choice, is to proclaim your neutrality. And, as I’ve only recently been willing to admit, even … More →